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Quality of life during cancer

totalhealth - 31/10/2011
Researchers claim that establishing how well people are surviving with cancerAbnormal, uncontrolled cell division resulting in a malignant tumour that may invade surrounding tissues or spread to distant parts of the body. is as important as how long they are surviving. Quality of life measures can give valuable information for cancer patients and doctors. read more

Breast Cancer Awareness Month: Delivering anti-cancer drugs through the ducts

totalhealth - 28/10/2011
A trial of 17 breast cancerAbnormal, uncontrolled cell division resulting in a malignant tumour that may invade surrounding tissues or spread to distant parts of the body. patients found that delivering a chemotherapyThe use of chemical substances to treat disease, particularly cancer. drug directly into the nipple resulted in more drug remaining within the breast increasing effi

Breast Cancer Awareness Month: Potential blood test for screening breast cancer

totalhealth - 27/10/2011
Breast screeningA way to identify people who may have a certain condition, among a group of people who may or may not seem to has consistently been criticised for resulting in false positives leading to undue stressRelating to injury or concern. and upset, as well as the costs of follow-up mammograms and biopsies.

HPV increases risk of heart disease and stroke

totalhealth - 27/10/2011
A study soon to be published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology has found that women with cancerAbnormal, uncontrolled cell division resulting in a malignant tumour that may invade surrounding tissues or spread to distant parts of the body.-causing human papilloma virusA sexually transmitted virus that can cause genital warts and may also have a role in the development of various cancers. (HPVAn abbreviation for human papilloma virus, a sexua

Breast Cancer Fact Sheet

totalhealth - 26/10/2011

Alcoholism and lung cancer: A dangerous liaison

totalhealth - 26/10/2011
Studies presented at CHEST 2011 reported a link between the risk of developing lung cancerAbnormal, uncontrolled cell division resulting in a malignant tumour that may invade surrounding tissues or spread to distant parts of the body. and heavy alcohol consumption. It was also found that a higher BMI, and increased consumption of black tea and fruit decreased the risk of developing lung cancer. read more

Weight gain increases risk of endometrial cancer

totalhealth - 25/10/2011
Data from the American Cancer Society’s Cancer Prevention Study II Nutrition Cohort found a link between the weight women gain post-menopauseThe time of a woman’s life when her ovaries stop releasing an egg (ovum) on a monthly cycle. and the risk of endometrialRelating to the endometrium. cancerAbnormal, uncontrolled cell division resulting in a malignant tumour that may invade surrounding tissues or spread to distant parts of the body..

Breast Cancer Awareness Month: Benefits of breast reconstruction

totalhealth - 25/10/2011
Breast cancerAbnormal, uncontrolled cell division resulting in a malignant tumour that may invade surrounding tissues or spread to distant parts of the body. survivors who undergo a breast reconstruction after mastectomy are found to have considerable benefits only three weeks after surgery.

Mobile phones pose no brain tumour risk

totalhealth - 24/10/2011
A study of more than 350,000 people over 18 years has found no association between long term use of mobile telephones and the risk of brain or central nervous systemThe network of nerves, which are bundles of nerve fibres carrying information in the form of electrical impulses. tumours. read more

Breast Cancer Awareness Month: Sex hormones raise risk

totalhealth - 24/10/2011
Post-menopausalRelating to the menopause, the time of a woman’s life when her ovaries stop releasing an egg (ovum) on a monthly cycle. women with elevated levels of oestrogenA hormone involved in female sexual development, produced by the ovaries. and testosteroneThe main male sex hormone. have a higher risk of developing breast cancer.&

Breast Cancer Awareness Month: Radiotherapy survival rates

totalhealth - 21/10/2011
A study soon to be published in Lancet found that radiotherapyThe treatment of disease using radiation. reduces the recurrence of breast cancer by 50%. read more

Breast Cancer Awareness Month: As weight increases so does risk of breast cancer

totalhealth - 20/10/2011
Researchers have discovered that overweight and obese women are younger when they develop breast cancerAbnormal, uncontrolled cell division resulting in a malignant tumour that may invade surrounding tissues or spread to distant parts of the body. than their healthy weight counterparts.

World’s first malaria vaccine to cut risk by half

totalhealth - 19/10/2011
The final stages of a trial for RTS,S, a malariaA serious disease caused by parasitic protozoa called plasmodia. vaccine developed by GlaxoSmithKline, found that the incidences of malaria episodes were cut by up to half. read more

Surgery for inflammatory bowel disease raises risk of blood clots

totalhealth - 18/10/2011
Patients suffering from inflammatory bowel diseaseA group of inflammatory conditions of the intestine. The two major forms are Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. (IBDAn abbreviation for inflammatory bowel disease, a group of inflammatory conditions of the intestine.

Breast Cancer Awareness Month: side effects of breast implants

totalhealth - 18/10/2011
It has been reported that breast implants have the greatest risk of complications and side effects of any medical device. What are the risks involved and can these be minimised through the latest technologies?  read more

Breast Cancer Awareness Month: chemo cookery

totalhealth - 17/10/2011
Chemotherapy can lead to a drastic change in the body resulting in fatigue, loss of appetite, nausea and sickness. Jim Fisher, an English chef working in France, was inspired through his own mother’s battle with cancer to develop recipes to help people undergoing chemotherapyThe use of chemical substances to treat disease, particularly cancer. with the help of nutritional therapist, Lucy Hyland. 

Lung cancer to be treated using inhalers

totalhealth - 14/10/2011
Researchers at the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, have developed a method of administering medication to lung cancerAbnormal, uncontrolled cell division resulting in a malignant tumour that may invade surrounding tissues or spread to distant parts of the body. patients by inhalation as opposed to the current method of intravenousWithin a vein. delivery. read more

Call for Action: British obesity needs to be stopped

totalhealth - 14/10/2011
The Health Secretary, Andrew Lansley, announced yesterday that the UK population must cut 5 billion calories from its daily diet. read more

The Blight to the Blind on World Sight Day

totalhealth - 13/10/2011
World Sight Day (always held on the second Thursday in October) is a day for focusing attention on the blight to visually impaired and blind people around the world. The World Health Organization (WHO) has launched a global effort to prevent blindness called “Vision 2020: The Right to Sight”. read more

Both NHS and private patients to choose consultant, widening treatment options

totalhealth - 12/10/2011
At a time when the future of the NHS is uncertain, Health Secretary Andrew Lansley has approved a plan to allow NHS patients to choose their consultants as a drive to improve the quality of care. read more